Noda Time is a work in progress. It has various limitations, some of which we'd obviously like to remove over time. Here's a list of some aspects we'd like to improve; see the issues list for others.
We also have a roadmap of intended releases. This is always tentative, of course, but it helps to give some clarity to our decisions in terms of what to work on next.
If there's something that should be within Noda Time's scope, but we don't support it yet, then please either raise an issue or post on the mailing list.
The API in .NET Standard is more limited than the full desktop
version. Currently this provides relatively few challenges for Noda
Time, with one significant exception:
TimeZoneInfo. In .NET
Standard 1.3, we can't fetch arbitrary time zones by ID, nor can we
ask for the adjustment rules for a particular time zone. These are
both feasible in .NET Standard 2.0, but for the sake of
simplicity, the .NET Standard 2.0 target for Noda Time 2.4+ is exactly
the same as the .NET Standard 1.3 target.
The upshot of this is that we can't currently support
on the .NET Standard version of Noda Time 2.4+. In Noda Time 3+, we
expect to only target .NET Standard, so all functionality will be
While it is now possible (as of 1.2.0) to parse and format
OffsetDateTime, our text support is
still lacking in some areas: some other types lack flexible formatting, and
we may want to optimize further at some point too.
Additionally, all our text localization resources (day and month names) come from the .NET
framework itself. That has some significant limitations, and makes Noda Time more reliant
CultureInfo than is ideal. CLDR contains more information,
which should allow for features such as ordinal day numbers ("1st", "2nd", "3rd") and
a broader set of supported calendar/culture combinations (such as English names for the
Hebrew calendar months).
Speaking of the Hebrew calendar, initial support for the calendar has been introduced in 1.3.0, but month names are not properly supported currently. See local date formatting for more details of this limitation.
We'd like to be able to bundle appropriate patterns (and other internationalizable materials) within Noda Time while keeping it as a single DLL. (Satellite DLLs are fine for some scenarios, but messy in others.) Additionally we'd like to allow these resources to be augmented or replaced by the caller at execution time, to allow hot-fixes for cultures which we don't support as well as we might.
CLDR provides useful information about time zones such as a canonical ID and user-friendly representations (countries and sample cities). We'd also like to make it clearer when one zoneinfo time zone is an alias for another.
There will probably always be more calendars we could support. The highest priority is probably an adapter for the BCL calendars.
As noted in the arithmetic guide, arithmetic using
Period is pretty simplistic. We may
want something smarter, probably to go alongside the "dumb but
predictable" existing logic. This will definitely be driven by real
user requirements though - it would be far too easy to speculate.